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The Black Book by Orhan Pamuk
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Aug 31, 2008

really liked it

This book reminds of Joyce's Ulysses in many ways. Nothing much really happens. Galip, the main character wanders around in search of his missing wife Ruya and his cousin Celal. It is full of digressions with very little plot. I accept the idea that plot is not important to the author, and I find his digressions very interesting.

This is not a page turner. It kind of lumbers along but there are memorable scenes,e.g., a subterranean cellar filled with mannequins that look Turkish which no one wants. pamuk is pushing on the genre, and I applaud that effort.

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